Jonny Bairstow not writing off England’s chances despite Pakistan dominance
- Author: Regina Holmes May 30, 2018,
May 30, 2018, 15:29
Meanwhile, Pakistan have won taken a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series against England after beating them on Sunday in the first Test. Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Amir were the architects of their side's triumph.
Controlling all six sessions of the Test, Pakistan are now the strong favourites to triumph and take a 1-0 lead in this two-match series.
England needed early wickets and Broad snared Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq lbw for four, but the hosts failed to make another breakthrough under the floodlights.
What made this latest reverse all the more embarrassing for England is that they are traditionally tough to beat at home in May, with many touring sides struggling to adjust when typically English conditions - overcast skies and green-tinged pitches - are at their most pronounced.
Jos Buttler (67) and Dom Bess (57) could add only a combined three runs to the spirit demonstrated in their stand of 126 - and on the resumption, fanciful hopes of an improbable victory faded fast as England lost their last four wickets for seven in 25 balls to be bowled out for 242. "That is good practice before a Lord's Test match".
Amir, whose career nearly came to a complete end at Lord's back in 2010 after he received a jail sentence and five-year ban from cricket for his involvement in a spot-fixing scandal during a corresponding Test against England, had taken two wickets for no runs in three balls.
"We have a very good bowling side".
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She had her best finish of third in the race in 2009. "We'll certainly take a good luck at that for sure", Penske said. Defending champion Takuma Sato also crashed out after running into the back of James Davison's vehicle .
The 28-year-old's player of the match haul of eight for 64 has helped him gain nine spots and reach a career-best 20th position after only seven Tests while Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali have also moved up following creditable shows in the first of two Tests.
The home bowling was adequate but lacking the penetration of the visitors, while most unforgivable was the dropping of five catches in Pakistan's first innings. "We've just got to be better and more consistent".
Buttler was then 66 not out and Bess 55 not out.
Checks revealed a fracture and Azam was ruled out of the remainder of this test and for the second and final test in Leeds.
Buttler fell lbw on the front foot, shaping to push-drive Abbas, and Mark Wood then mustered one boundary past cover off the same bowler before he was caught behind off Amir at the other end.
Players are fined 10% of their match fee for every over short while the captain suffers double which means Sarfraz was fined 60% of his fee and the rest of the team 30%.
Anderson bowled Azhar in the third over but Sohail didn't hang around, hitting six fours and a six in a 32-ball knock. Given all spinners, even the greatest of all time, need runs behind them to make an impact by building scoreboard pressure, especially when the surface offers little.